August 6, 2013 – Ferndale — Auditions — Spectrum Singers, a new vocal ensemble under the direction of Amy Saari, will be having auditions on August 19, August 26, and September 9 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Drayton Avenue Presbyterian Church (2441 Pinecrest Dr., Ferndale 48220). Out of a desire to build community through music, the ensemble promises to be the premier interfaith, multicultural vocal ensemble of Metro Detroit.
Amy Saari began conducting in high school and has been directing choirs for much of her adult life. She holds a Masters Degree in both Choral Conducting and Composition from Bowling Green State University. She has had the privilege of singing under the baton of Suzanne M. Acton and Andre Thomas, and has also participated in a conducting masterclass under Jerry Blackstone of the University of Michigan. She loves to cause singers to be great, whether they love the classical or popular style, and maintains her own love of singing as a solo performer across the Metro Detroit area and as a section leader of the Rackham Symphony Choir. After six years of directing the GM Chorus, she is ready to head her own choral project and expand the prevailing notions of what a vocal ensemble could be: “A choral concert doesn’t have to just be four stiff rows of singers in identical outfits singing out of books. I want there to be communication, movement, audience engagement, multi-media elements, and above all, a sense of connection between people of different faiths and cultures.”
Spectrum Singers is looking for a minimum of 24 singers of all voice types, with prior choral experience preferred. Interested singers should RSVP for one of the three audition dates at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on one of the ensemble’s Facebook Page events: https://www.facebook.com/spectrumsingerschoir. Singers do not need to bring a prepared solo to the audition, but they must be ready to vocalize unaccompanied and sing from sheet music. Rehearsals for the ensemble will be on Monday nights starting September 16.